This Week in the Legislature, March 17, 2014

On Tuesday, the Colorado Legislature’s Joint Budget Committee will hear a report from state economists on what revenues Colorado expects to earn in the coming fiscal year, which begins July 1.

That forecast is the last report needed for legislative budget writers to complete next year’s spending plan, which is expected to be near $21 billion.

■ Today: The House State, Veterans & Military Affairs Committee will consider HB1303 introduced by Rep. Ray Scott, R-Grand Junction, and House Speaker Mark Ferrandino, D-Denver.

The measure would allow House and Senate leaders of both parties to consider procedures to allow for remote testimony on bills before legislative committees from witnesses elsewhere in the state. The measure, however, doesn’t require remote testimony.

■ Tuesday: The House Judiciary Committee will consider HB1036, which would make it a class 4 felony punishable by up to six years in jail and a $500,000 fine to have three drunken-driving convictions in a seven-year period. Sen. Steve King, R-Grand Junction, is expected to sponsor the bill in the Senate if it gets that far.

■ Wednesday: The House Education Committee will hear HB1292 and HB1298, two bills dealing with funding K-12 education next year, including adding about $300 million to school funding to make up for some of the cuts made during the recent recession.

■ Thursday: The Senate Health & Human Services Committee will debate HB1257 to require performance audits of Connect for Health Colorado, the agency that operates the state’s healthcare exchange.

■ Next week: The JBC is expected to complete its work on next year’s spending plan, sending it to the full Senate and House, which will debate the so-called Long Bill over the next two weeks.

All floor action and committees can be watched or heard on the Legislature’s website at


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